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PFMA response to media coverage on cat TB cases and a potential link with diet

PFMA response to media coverage on cat TB cases and a potential link with diet

PFMA is aware of recent research by the University of Edinburgh looking at a number of cases of cats infected with Mycobacterium bovis (M. bovis), the bacterium usually responsible for causing Tuberculosis (TB) in cattle.

PFMA is aware of recent research by the University of Edinburgh looking at a number of cases of cats infected with Mycobacterium bovis (M. bovis), the bacterium usually responsible for causing Tuberculosis (TB) in cattle.

Following investigations to identify the source of the infection, the researchers have suggested a possible link to the cats’ diet, specifically a wild venison cat food product produced by a single pet food manufacturer, Natural Instinct.

The wild venison cat food was immediately recalled by Natural Instinct in early December 2018 on being informed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) that the suppliers of the wild venison offal had not had the offal inspected in line with EU requirements; no other reason was given at the time. We understand that Natural Instinct were also only informed of the University of Edinburgh’s article and the findings contained in that article very recently.

Although food samples have not been tested, Natural Instinct has worked alongside the authorities throughout the investigations. Whilst the link is circumstantial at present, the product in question has been recalled and has not been in production since November 2018. Natural Instinct provides full information on their website: https://www.naturalinstinct.com/venison

Thankfully, tuberculosis is uncommon in cats, however it is important to protect cats (and humans) from exposure. For more information on M. bovis in pets, please visit the government information page with guidance provided from Animal & Plant Health Agency and Public Health England. 

 

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